- Aug 18, 2016
Northbrook’s White Plains Shopping Center on Dundee Road could see a lot more activity as it becomes home to two fitness/recreational businesses, both with plans to take up a portion of the space previously occupied by Ace Hardware. During the recent preliminary review process, Village Trustees commented favorably on granting both Orangetheory Fitness and Goldfish Swim School special permits to move forward with their plans. Once a formal application is received, the proposals will advance to the Plan Commission. Both uses require special permit approval because they each exceed 2,500 square feet in area.
Goldfish Swim School
Serving primarily children around 6 years old, owners of Goldfish Swim School seeks to operate their business in an 8,500 square foot space, featuring a 75’ x 27’ pool with a depth of 4 feet. Plans call for constructing 11 changing rooms and 6 private restrooms. Open seven days a week, lessons would be offered for children ages three months to 12 years of age. The classes will be offered between 9:00 a.m. to noon weekdays and after school between 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., with shorter hours on weekends; there would be a maximum number of 10 instructors and 40 children on site at one time. With seating allowing up to 53 to view the classes, there could be 109 people in the space, which would require a minimum of 37 parking spaces.
Trustee A.C. Buehler also noted that private swimming training facilities are becoming more popular and that he would have no problem with even longer hours and the use of the school for private parties. Trustees also asked for clarification of the parking and how children are brought into the facility before granting final approval.
Goldfish Swim School operates eight locations in Illinois, including one in Evanston, and 33 across the country.
Using a heart-rate based group interval training, Orangetheory uses three different elements for their workout: treadmills, rowing machines and strength training. Owners plan to occupy 4,250 square feet of the building, and would completely redo the interior of the space installing all new drywall, paint and tile work, new bathrooms, and new offices. Pre-registration is required for all classes, which would be offered seven days a week, so no walk-in traffic is expected. During peak hours of operation (5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. weekdays; and 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. weekends) there would be approximately 24 clients on site; in total the facility expects to have approximately 8-10 employees. According to Village documents, the proposed use would require 17 parking spaces and appears to meet the Zoning Code parking requirements, as there are 455 parking spots in the center.